Posts written by Ben

Talking with God

Talking with God by Joni   “Moses said to the Lord, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.'” Exodus 4:10 Talking to God could be intimidating.… Continue reading




Psalm 145

Psalm 145   A seminary professor I once had was known for asking the question, “What will you do when there’s nothing to do?” He was referring to our gift of salvation. The answer involves transferring the energy we are tempted to use to earn… Continue reading




Crazy Moments

Crazy Moments by Joni   “Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror.” Isaiah 33:17-18 It’s easy to lose sight of God. You get home late, you put… Continue reading




Jonah 3:10-4:11

Jonah 3:10-4:11   Jonah found out God has plans, plans to bless the whole world–no exceptions. These plans included Jonah’s involvement and he found out he couldn’t get out of it. While he was having his “pout fest” because God’s love included folks he didn’t… Continue reading




Obligated to Be Like Us

Obligated to Be Like Us by Joni   “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for… Continue reading




“Love Consecrates the Humblest Act”

“Love Consecrates the Humblest Act”, ELW 360 Love consecrates the humblest act and haloes mercy’s deeds; it sheds a benediction sweet and hallows human needs. When in the shadow of the cross Christ knelt and washed the feet of his disciples, he gave us a… Continue reading




God’s Anger

God’s Anger by Joni   “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 All of the Father’s white-hot wrath against our sin was hurled at Christ as… Continue reading




“Love Consecrates the Humblest Act”,

“Love Consecrates the Humblest Act”, ELW 360 Love consecrates the humblest act and haloes mercy’s deeds; it sheds a benediction sweet and hallows human needs. When in the shadow of the cross Christ knelt and washed the feet of his disciples, he gave us a… Continue reading




Salt

Salt by Joni   “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13 Last night,… Continue reading




Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 18:21-35   Systems of privilege based on debt, patronage and power inevitably create resentment and aggression. Jesus’ teaching turns this all upside down. Jesus’ words threaten those who crave forgiveness yet would be unlikely to give that same forgiveness to another. That threat comes… Continue reading